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Can of 'Horsielicious'

Can of 'Horsielicious'

Australians have campaigned for greater public commitment to equine welfare since the mid-nineteenth century. Some reformers have accepted people’s entitlement to use horses as work animals, but argued for legislation ensuring that owners treat their horses humanely.  

In recent decades, some activists have gone further, insisting that people have no justification for making horses suffer by putting them in danger, overly controlling their natural behaviours or working them to their physical limits. These campaigners have fostered public debate about horses being involved in activities such as racing, jumping, rodeo and other high-performance sports.  

A large number of horses bred for the track have only short careers. Since 2008 the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses has advocated for long-term care for these horses. In a 2014 campaign, the coalition displayed cans of ‘Horsielicious: the racing industry’s retirement plan in a can’ to raise awareness of the need for a retirement plan to prevent horses being slaughtered for pet food.  

donated by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses

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